Speak out to get retirees a COLA

The House Finance Committee held a hearing last Wednesday afternoon on HB 1756, which would provide a cost-of-living adjustment to members of the New Hampshire Retirement System. There was a large contingent of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members in attendance at the hearing, five of whom testified, including one of the sponsors, Rep. Dianne Schuett.

What happened: President Rich Gulla testified, as did SEA Chapter 1 members John Amrol, Al Little and Camille McKnight. All offered compelling testimony, though McKnight’s stood out. As the caretaker for her grandchildren, she said she represents a whole new challenge that today’s retirees face. We thank all of our members who attended, including the dozens who signed their name in support of the bill.

What’s next: The bill now heads to a division work session this Thursday, Jan. 18, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 212 of the Legislative Office Building.

Take action: We need members to contact their representatives and the members of the House Finance Committee in support of this bill. It’s been eight years since retirees last received a COLA, and while income has remained the same, health care costs – not to mention the cost of just about everything – have gone up. Our retirees, who served their state and communities with distinction, are being left behind. We can’t allow this to continue.

You can find your representatives’ contact information here.

You can find contact info for Finance Committee members here.

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